Ros Singleton received her medical degree from Northwestern Medical School, Chicago in 1982, pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, and MPH from Loma Linda University. Ros started her career as a pediatrician on the Navajo reservation. Since 1988, she has worked as a pediatrician at Alaska Native Medical Center, director of Immunization Program for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and guest researcher with Arctic Investigations Program – Centers for Disease Control. Ros has collaborated in research on RSV, Hib, pneumococcal disease and respiratory disease. With her husband and two sons, she enjoys a nordic skiing, running and biking.
Dr Singleton was selected because of her outstanding work in the epidemiology of infectious diseases in AI/AN children. She has singlehandedly defined this field and her work has allowed practitioners to tailor vaccines and treatment specific to Native children. Her publications have highlighted the ongoing disparities in infectious disease morbidity and mortality for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. More importantly, her research has lead to the development of strategies tailored for AI/AN children that have reduced mortality from Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). Lastly, her work on IPD has shed light on the issue of replacement vaccine serotypes which has implications not only for AI/AN children but for immunization of children throughout the world.